‘Violence against peaceful protesters must cease at once’: Joint Statement by EU High Representative and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner
February 5, 2021

‘Violence against peaceful protesters must cease at once’: Joint Statement by EU High Representative and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner


Ahead of the 7 February Day of Solidarity with Belarus, EU High Representative Josep Borrell and Neighbourhood and Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi have issued a Joint Statement calling on the authorities to heed the people’s “persistent calls for a democratic future and respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights”.

Six months after the fraudulent elections of 9 August 2020, the people of Belarus continue to demonstrate peacefully for their voices to be heard and their choice to be respected, despite the brutal repression of the Belarusian regime, the Statement says. Borrell and Varhėlyi stress that unjust persecutions, including hundreds of documented cases of torture, continue against opposition and civil society, media workers, employees and entrepreneurs, as well as many students who have been dismissed from universities and denied the right to education. Many thousands have been detained and several hundred prosecuted on fabricated charges and denied the right to a fair trial.

The European Union continues to stand firmly with the people of Belarus. The authorities must heed their persistent calls for a democratic future and respect for fundamental freedoms and human rights. Violence against peaceful protesters must cease at once. All arbitrarily apprehended persons, including political prisoners and journalists, must be released immediately and unconditionally. All perpetrators of human rights violations must be held to account,stated the High Representative and the Commissioner.

In their joint statement, Borrell and Varhėlyi underline that the EU continues to call for the swift initiation of a genuine, inclusive national dialogue followed by new credible and transparent elections to end the political crisis, respecting the will of the Belarusian people. The EU has stepped up its support to the people of Belarus and stands ready to support a democratic Belarus with a variety of means, including a comprehensive plan of economic support, says the document.

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